On Friday 10th June we celebrated the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen with a concert with Compton Hospice Choir at St. Mary’s Church, Bushbury, Wolverhampton. As advertised in the Express & Star.
Throughout the week, Bushbury Parish church celebrated with an exhibitions, a ‘street party’, a tea party & a church service.
Welcome to our new choir sponsor, Andrew Sykes Group plc.
Thanks also to P.Winfield Industrial Services ltd. for sponsoring our website for the last few years.
Note: Edited from article featured in Express & Star newspaper.
Choir is singing with the times
The Queen and St. George gave male songsters in Wolverhampton something to sing about. The (Wolverhampton) Orpheus Male Voice Choir were performing their first concert under their new name in a double celebration marking the Queen’s 90th birthday and St. George’s Day.
It is the first name change for the singers, who will be called “The City of Wolverhampton Male Voice Choir“, since the group was launched in 1943 to keep up morale during the Second World War.
The concert, held at St. John’s in the Square Church on (St. George’s Day) also featured the Black Country Brass Band.
The choir celebrated a milestone anniversary of its own in 2013 that marked its 70th year. Over the decades they have toured both at home and abroad, and supported a string of charities including The Royal British Legion and the Midland Air Ambulance.
The name change goes hand in hand with a switch in style and presentation as the choir look to move with the times. Choir vice-chairman Steve Winfield said, “Over the last few decades male voice choirs have become aware of changes taking place both in the style of music sung and the way it is performed. This is why our choir is changing to new pieces that are more familiar to younger audiences and adopting a new concept of performance.” He said members were delighted to be part of the official City of Wolverhampton brand after being granted permission to incorporate the title in January.
Report by Marion Brennan
Congratulations go to Bill Blower for achieving 65 years of membership & service with the choir. Bill joined the choir on 30th January 1951. To mark his 50th year in 2001 we granted him life membership. Though we hope he’s not ready to retire just yet!
As a boy, Bill started singing with St. Barnabas Church choir in Wolverhampton. The highlight of his singing ambitions came when he joined WOMVC. It wasn’t long before his ability as a First Tenor was recognised & he became a regular soloist. Throughout his membership he served on various committees.
For 40 years he worked in the despatch department of Butler’s Brewery in Wolverhampton, only interrupted by National Service in the RAF.
[Edited from the History of WOMVC 1943-2003.]
Thanks to West Wulf for including our choir in this list of 25 more reasons to be cheerful about Wolverhampton. We’re no. 33 in the list.
The choir were invited to perform at this Carol Service in Sedgley on Wednesday 16th December at 7pm. We have a successful ongoing collaborative relationship with High Arcal School music department. We sang ‘Joy to the World’, ‘Let there be peace on Earth’ & then a medley of carols.
All Saints Church provided the venue for an evening of Christmas variety at High Arcal’s Carol Service. A packed congregation were treated to a carefully chosen programme of songs, carols, band numbers and drama sketches; which showcased the talent and versatility of over 40 performers. The Expressive Arts Faculty would like to thank everyone who supported this most pleasant of community events. – Quote from High Arcal School website